As the parliamentary session ends it’s an opportunity for reflection. In former times, where a week was a long time in politics, now it’s political crises day after day. In former times the extension of a conference recess, even one forced on parliamentarians, would have seen tabloid headlines calling MP’s lazy. Normally, any MP or Minister who said they would defy the law would see them branded as extremist. And the party of family values last week forced out the Father of the House, Churchill’s grandson and even the PM’s own brother. But perhaps even nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
Instead of touring the country in pre-election mode the Prime Minister should be in Brussels negotiating a deal. If he fails to secure one, then he is now legally bound to seek an extension. After that the will of the people should be tested. The Prime Minister faces the same dilemma as his predecessors.
This was always a domestic dispute, about how the Conservative Party can resolve their internal differences. Move towards the moderates and he loses the ERG, or, as now, move towards the ERG and he loses the moderates. Any party which is too small for moderates risks being kept out of power.
When Parliament returns it will be time for cool, experienced heads to prevail and for MP’s to step up their cross party working. Our country deserves no less.